Securing East Asia's Future by Rebalancing the U.S.- Japan Alliance
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The concurrent rise of historical East Asia regional competitors, Japan and China, presents new challenges and opportunities for the United States. as it rebalances its foreign policy focus to the Pacific after more than a decade of war in the Middle East and Central Asia. Maintaining regional stability for continued economic growth is a central theme as the U.S.-Japan alliance objectives shift away from Cold War containment of communism. This paper explains how defense planners can strengthen the U.S-Japan mutual defense treaty in ways that operationalize the alliance and provide a foundation for the continued security and stability of East Asia, and why Japanese constitutional reform is critical to this effort. Given the significant historical and cultural challenges that have resulted from Japans violent history with its neighbors, the paper also will discuss how the United States and Japan can work to shape a regional environment accommodating to the peaceful normalization of Japan.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics